What are the 6 Key Roles of a County Governor?


The county executive is headed by the governor and his deputy. The governor position is one of the positions that citizens delegate power to during the general election. In Kenya, we have 47 governors, one for each county. A governor is elected alongside his or her running mate. Here are the key roles of a County Governor:

  1. Coordination of County Departments

As the head of a county government, the governor, his deputy and cabinet members, who constitute the county executive are responsible for managing county functions in order to deliver services to citizens. The governor for coordinates county departments, which are headed by cabinet executive members known as county executive committee members to deliver on county government functions.

  1. Appointment of County Executive Committee Members

County Executive Committee (CEC) members are the county equivalent of Cabinet Secretaries as we see in the national level. As the head of county government, a governor is responsible for appointing not more than 10 people, with the approval of the County Assembly, to serve as county executive committee members. The governor is also mandated by law to appoint the head of the County Public Service, as well as members of town and municipal management boards or committees.

  1. Preparation of County Policies, Reports and Plans

Under the leadership of the governor, the county executive prepares county policies and plans. This includes preparing legislations for consideration by the County Assembly that the governor assents upon passage by the assembly. The county executive also prepares the county budget and plans that are tabled at the county assembly for approval. The county executive under the headship of the governor is required to table reports on matters relating to the county at the county assembly on a regular basis.

  1. Implementation of County Plans and Policies

The governor is responsible for providing leadership in county governance and development. He/she leads CECs and the entire county administration in implementing laws, policies and plans as approved by the county assembly. Implementation of county plans and policies is intended to result in delivery of quality services to citizens.

  1. Ensuring Competitiveness in the County

The governor is responsible for ensuring competitiveness within a county. He or she should ensure that county resources are managed and utilized in a prudent, efficient manner for the benefit of citizens. The executive arm, led by the governor and his or her deputy is expected facilitate public participation in development of county plans and policies.

  1. Engaging in Intergovernmental Relations

This has to do with interacting with a network of institutions at national, county and local levels. As such, the governor is a member of the National and County Government Summit which is chaired by the President and is also a member of the Council of Governors. County Governors are also members of the County Governor’s committee which coordinates regional development priorities



  1. Mbugua 13 December, 2017 at 10:26 Reply

    I thought the Governor’s role was purely political, Good to know that he/she is also to be held accountable of the socio-economic well of the public.

  2. Stacy 13 December, 2017 at 10:33 Reply

    This is very enlightening indeed i would love to read a highlighted and emphasized version of the role of a deputy governor. Thanks!

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